2018 Webinar Series
2018 sees the launch of the first free More to Life Webinar Series. Covering a vast range of issues and subjects we have selected a fantastic group of experts to host this series bringing you information, support and inspiration to help you as you journey through a life unexpected.
Please feel free to invite your friends and family to join the webinars so that they too can learn more about any of the subjects that are relevant to you and your life.
Registration for each webinar is detailed below.
The following webinar is the last in our successful 2018 Series. More to Life would like to thank all guest speakers and attendees for their support throughout the year. Details of the More to Life 2019 Webinar Series will follow soon
Writing for Wellbeing by Deborah Sloan – Wednesday 12th December 2018, 7pm.
Deborah is a fertility counsellor, creative writing facilitator and childlessness blogger at www.withoutissue.live. She runs support groups and creative writing workshops for people living with fertility issues, those who are living with dementia and adults who are in recovery from addiction. She believes that creative techniques can be powerful tools in the process of self-discovery and in the healing from the effects of loss and grief. In her ‘Write to Create’ workshops she employs playful, thought-provoking techniques and activities that lead participants towards the catharsis of self-expression and the mutual support found in the sharing of their writing.
In this More to Life Webinar, Deborah will describe how both keeping a journal and reading and writing poetry helped, and continues to help, her through the grief of childlessness. She will give an overview of some of the material and creative writing techniques she uses in the “Write to Create’ support workshops she runs for people who are navigating feelings of loss and grief associated with their childlessness. She will invite you to take part in one or two non-obligatory activities, should you wish to get first-hand experience. You do not need any prior experience of poetry, writing or creative pursuits. All you need to bring to the Webinar is a pen and some paper (optional), your curiosity and a willingness to engage with a little of your innate playfulness and creativity.
Find out more about Deborah at www.withoutissue.live
Previous Webinars have included
Adjusting To Your Unmet Desire For Children: Lessons from Psychological Research by Sofia Gameiro – Tuesday 30th October 2018, 8:30pm
Sofia Gameiro is a Senior Lecturer at the School of Psychology, Cardiff University. She has degrees in Mathematics – Computer Science and Clinical Psychology and a PhD in Health Psychology. Sofia has been conducting research on the psychosocial aspects of infertility for over ten years.
Her mission is to promote patient wellbeing and quality of life through and after fertility treatment and to ensure that infertility psychosocial care is evidence-based. She coordinated the development of the European (ESHRE) Guidelines for Routine Psychosocial Care in Infertility and Assisted Reproduction.
In this webinar – Sofia will be presenting the results of multiple research studies conducted with more than 10,000 people, focusing on how women and men adjust in the aftermath of infertility treatment or, more generally, when they realize they will not be able to have the children they wish to have. She will describe people’s experience of confronting this painful life event and reflecting on the things that help them better adjust to the situation and overcome it with a renewed sense of hope towards the future.
Can You Find Joy Beyond Childlessness? By Lesley Pyne – Tuesday 30th October 2018, 7pm
Lesley Pyne has been supporting childless women for many years. She is a passionate supporter of More to Life and a former Trustee for Fertility Network UK. In her recently published book, ‘Finding Joy Beyond Childlessness: Inspiring Stories To Guide You To A Fulfilling Life,’ she drew on her experience as a trained NLP Master Practitioner and coach.
Lesley believes passionately that it is possible to have a fulfilling life as a childless woman. She is childless herself following 6 unsuccessful IVF treatments and has lost both parents yet is determined to make the most of the gifts that life brings. In this webinar Lesley will explore how it is possible to find joy beyond childlessness. She will examine the ways you might be holding yourself back and teach you how to change them. She’ll talk through how reading the stories of other women inspired her on her journey and the key things she learned about herself along the way. She will share some techniques she found most useful and will invite you to take part in one or two non-obligatory activities. All you need is a pen and paper and a willingness to be open to the possibility of change.
Find out more about Lesley at www.LesleyPyne.co.uk
Does Motherhood Make you Happy by Jessica Hepburn – Wednesday 3rd of October 2018, 8pm. Please note the new date for this Webinar.
Jessica Hepburn has become one of the UK’s leading patient voices on fertility and infertility. Having been through eleven rounds of unsuccessful IVF she is the author of two books The Pursuit of Motherhood and 21 Miles: swimming in search of the meaning of motherhood. She is also Director of Fertility Fest, the world’s first arts festival dedicated to fertility, infertility, modern families and the science of making babies.
In this webinar – Jessica will be exploring the central question of her new book – does motherhood actually make you happy? She’ll be talking about the quest she went on to find out whether she needed to find some way of becoming mother or whether she could have a fulfilling life without children. And she’ll be disclosing some of the wisdom she learnt from the 21 famous women she met for the book and what she has now concluded is the key to life fulfilment – including how maybe it’s possible to still be a mother if you’re childless.
For out more about Jessica at www.jessicahepburn.com
Childless Not By Choice Magazine by Nicci Fletcher – Tuesday 11th September 2018, 7pm
Nicci Fletcher wrote her first book when she was five. She’s a qualified life coach, mentor and business analysis trainer. In December 2017 she and her husband started the world’s first magazine for the Childless Not By Choice community.
In August 2018 it will be one year since Nicci’s world changed dramatically. She had been really struggling with lack of self-confidence and self-worth feeling that her “mojo” had fled to the moon years ago, perhaps never to be seen again. Everything changed when she discovered that she could not only write about her infertility story, she could share that story via video too. As she ditched the painful CNBC security blanket, and started to find a purpose in life, Nicci offered to help Stephanie Phillips with the enormous task of coordinating World Childless Week. By the middle of the week Nicci knew that it was going to be a huge success. She began to think of ways in which the support and sense of community developing during World Childless Week could be extended throughout the year. Two months later the first issue of The Childless Not By Choice Magazine was published.
World Childless Week by Stephanie Phillips – Wednesday 15th August 2018, 8pm
Stephanie Phillips is passionate about raising awareness for the childless not by choice and created World Childless Week in September in 2017 after realising there was no global week recognising the community. Steph lives in Worcestershire with her husband and is presently writing a self-help book about being childless not by choice after researching the thoughts and emotions of over two-hundred women.
During the webinar Steph will talk about setting up WCW in 2017 and about the events for WCW 2018 – hopefully you will get involved too.
Find out information about World Childless Week.
Cancer and Infertility by Emily Hodge
Emily is an Ex NHS health psychology specialist and coach. She supports people to move forward from cancer and lead gentle lives. A cancer survivor with her own infertility story she brings a wealth of knowledge and experience in understanding the complexities of these two life traumas.
This webinar Coping with both cancer and fertility. It will be an opportunity to discuss managing emotions – anger, guilt, jealousy and overwhelm – and to look at strategies to move forward with compassion, calm and focus.
Find out more about Emily at www.coachingemily.com
Living a Peaceful Life by Rosalind Bubb
Rosalind is an experienced therapist who has had 12 miscarriages and no children. In spite of this, she is in the unusual position of being very happy, peaceful and well, and she now supports anybody who has experienced miscarriage or childlessness, to help them to feel happier and more peaceful too.
It’s not commonly known about, but there are ways to change the way you feel, no matter how you reached the point that you’re at in your life now, and in this webinar Rosalind will be talking about the two techniques which she uses with the people she supports.
Join Rosalind to discover her 6 Step Plan for being happy and peaceful after childlessness. And learn more about EFT (Emotional Freedom Techniques, commonly known as “tapping”) and TAT (Tapas Acupressure Technique) and how you can use them for yourself, to change the way you feel.
Living Your Life to the Full by Russell Davis
Russell is a performance and mind coach, helping people find clarity of mind which leads to greater wellbeing, bigger results and clearer purpose. Russell has personal experience of infertility and helps people find flow in their life.
As we head into Spring Russell will be looking at ways to refind your passion for life. How do you find your mojo for life when you’ve lost it? How do you get clarity on what you want in life when you can’t have the thing to you want? When I got my fertility result and it seemed all was lost, there wasn’t any chance of us having a child and that triggered a personal journey of becoming aware of and letting go of my own limiting beliefs and victim mentality. I realised I wasn’t happy in life. I had no idea what I really wanted to create with my life. I now live a life I love, doing what I love and feel a purpose. I help others do the same.
Find out more about Russell at www.russell-davis.co.uk
Planning for Ageing Without Children by Kirsty Woodard
Kirsty has over 23 years working with and for older people, from managing healthy living centres for older people to working with Age Concern England (now Age UK) on social care policy and service development models.
In 2014 Kirsty founded Ageing With Children (AWOC), dedicated to campaigning for older people without children through choice, circumstance, infertility, bereavement, estrangement, distance. There are already 1 million people over 65 in the UK who have never been parents but they are almost entirely ignored in debates and discussions on ageing. Ageing without Children campaigns for recognition of the issues affecting people ageing without children and offers advice and support on how to plan for a later life through children through its online group and local groups. Kirsty is married and childless.
The webinar will help people consider how to plan for a positive later life without the support of children and/or other family.
Find out more about Kirsty at www.awoc.org
Grief by Jody Day
Jody Day is the founder of Gateway Women. Since founding the global friendship and support network for childless women she has authored books, hosted TEDx talks and is a trainee integrative psychotherapist. Jody takes great pleasure in helping childless women get their groove back via Reignite Weekend workshops, online communities and Meetups around the world. She is childless.
In this webinar, Jody will talk about how the grief of childlessness is not recognized, understood or supported by our culture and how this can lead to painful problems in our day-to-day lives: at work, in our family of origin, around other people’s children, in our friendships, with our partner (if we have one) and in our internal world. Having supported thousands of women as they’ve worked through their own experience of coming to terms with childlessness, Jody will share what she’s learned along the way, as well as some practical tools and suggestions about what can help.
Find out more about Jody and Gateway Women at www.gateway-women.com